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I'm due for a timing belt replacement. If the 2.7L timing belt is replaced should a person also replace the tensioner and water pump? Just curious on what you people have done when it's time to replace the timing belt. It's a 07 Sportage EX. Thanks! Another question. How many out there don't replace the timing belt at 60K and just drive the vehicle and not worry about it? I use to drive Dodge Spirits(4 and 6cyl)and had well over 130K on the engine and never replaced the timing belt or water pumps.
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Definitely replace the tensioner with the belt. The water pump is up to you. You'll find a lot of different opinions on this one. One side is "you're already in there" or "better safe than sorry". The other is that the water pump is a powertrain item. Meaning that IF you still have powertrain coverage (10 year/100K- original first owner, or certified pre-owned), if the water pump were to fail between the 60K mile timing belt replacement and the 100K mile mark, it should be covered. Then you can replace it at the next scheduled timing belt replacement (120K).

As far a replacing the belt or just driving it, REPLACE IT!! Whether you do it, or a friend, or the dealership, the cost of the replacement is cheap and simple when compared to replacing valves/heads/pistons/etc..
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Rebuild/replacment of engine will cost you upwards of 2000+ if that belt breaks. Personally I see it as borrowed time if you don't replace it ontime.
Some other cars its not a big deal as they are non interference and nothing will result du to failure of belt breaking. Not these engines. Severe internal damage will result if it breaks.
So for 400 dollars to replace the belt, its peace of mind that its done.

My dealer for 400 does complete t-belt/water pump/tensioner

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You lucky my dealer quoted me $700 just for the belt. I'll probably do it myself this weekend.
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They quoted you the 60K mile service. Which is more than just the tbelt. Ask for just timing belt service and not the whole 60K that is the difference. I opted OUT for the 60K service and just for tbelt. Most of the 60K mile service is "inspection" items. And for the little amount of replace items they do with this service it is in no way worth 3-400 bills.

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The horror stories I've heard about Hondas are enough for me to advise you to change everything while you're in there. If you change the belt and leave the water pump, the water pump could go later, shredding the belt, and then causing all the piston-valve havoc up top, so your engine would be a glorified paperweight. Better safe than sorry.
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I got an independent shop here in town that is very well respected to do it all for $560. Incoudes Timing belt, Tentioners, Water Pump, Thermostat, and Accessory Belts. It's going in on Monday. I like this car so I'd like to drive it for a few years without swetting over repairs.
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I just checked with a shop here in town that also has a good reputation and have used them before. To do everything that your doing it came to $525. Why is it I always want to stay away from the dealers?
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I hate dealing with dealerships!
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